The league was forced to kick-off early to accommodate a period on national television, which was not smooth for several players
Several NWSL stars, including Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris and Jess Fishlock, expressed their dissatisfaction with the league’s decision to host the 2021 NWSL Championship on the local kick-off turf at 9am.
The league announced over the weekend that Portland’s Providence Park will host a game on November 20th. The game will start at noon Eastern Time in order to broadcast national television programs on CBS.
However, since the game was held on the West Coast, kick-off time meant that the biggest game of the season started early in the morning, and several players did not perform well.
Orlando Pride and U.S. national team guard Krieger was initially angry that the game was not played on the grass. Say on twitter“I will add two new franchises next season. There are beautiful grass courts all over the country-moving in a great direction, and then we choose the turf to play the finals of the best league in the world?! Wow. “
OL Reign star Fishlock responded: “9 o’clock in the morning. It sounds great before the game at 5 o’clock in the morning,” Krieger replied, “Right?! We don’t even train at 9 o’clock in the morning. A joke.”
Pride and USWNT goalkeeper Harris called the 9 am start time “absolutely embarrassing.”
NC Courage and USWNT forward Jessica McDonald Add to: “We deserve better than this, NWSL. This is not good!!!”
Even OL Reign coach Laura Harvey joined the protest, Say: “Kick-off at 9 am!!! Please change this. This is not good for any team! Show our outstanding league and athletes in the way they deserve.”
Why is the game at nine o’clock in the morning?
NWSL chose to hold the championship game in Providence Park, which has hosted two events before, and both games attracted a large number of spectators.
But the stadium does bring the disadvantage of the only field in the league without grass. Its location on the west coast also caused problems for this season’s events.
In order to broadcast the game live on Internet TV, CBS can only provide the ET noon time slot, the latter time is occupied by college football.
It is unclear whether the league is willing to consider changing the venue or time.